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The Temper of Our Time

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Eric Hoffer--one of America's most important thinkers and the author of The True Believer--lived for years as a Depression Era migratory worker. Self-taught, his appetite for knowledge--history, science, mankind--formed the basis of his insight to human nature. The Temper of Our Time examines the influence of the juvenile mentality, the rise of automation, the black revolu ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Hopewell Publications (first published May 1st 1996)
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Peter
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thoughtful readers who enjoy sociology and philosophy
Eric Hoffer is a noticer. This book represents his attempt to discern the "temper of our time." The ages have each been characterized by some overarching sentiment or attribute. What is the attribute for our age?

The book was published around 1966, although this edition is a 2008 reprint with a number of copy errors in it and no indication of the original publication date that I could find. The date of 1966 was found at the end of the preface.

Over three decades later, times have changed. It is in
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Tom Baker
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Hoffer was a very interesting man, a reader an observer and a free thinker. I read this book the first time in the early 70's and again now. Many of his thoughts are still important and relevant. The essay on nature, I thought, is archaic.
Evelyn
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting series of essays by the self-taught philosopher and retired longshoreman on the subject of the impact of political, social and economic changes on people provide insights into how those changes affect human behavior and the form of government and the structure of the economy. The essays reflect the politics and prejudices of the time in which they were written, the 1960s, and also surprisingly an anti-intellectual bias.
Paul Callister
Oct 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anywone
Great read on the causes of instability and revolution from an interesting author.
Ronnie
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book that was written the 60's and still applies to today. He referes to Montaine a great deal.
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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And now I'm sad that there is only one book left to read by him.
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Eric Hoffer was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that his book The Ordeal of Ch ...more
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